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Forum topic by DKV posted 06-27-2015 03:02 AM 10051 views 2 times favorited 236 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DKV

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06-27-2015 03:02 AM

The workbenches pictured in the Workbench Smack Down thread are some of the most skillfully made, beautiful benches I have ever seen. However, I do not think it is representative of the majority of the workbenches used by the majority of the good fellows on Lumberjocks. I think there are a lot of very good and functional benches out there that should have their day in the sun. Their 15 minutes of fame, if you will.

The purpose of this thread is to inable those jocks that don’t have the perfect bench to show their workbenches and explain the various woodworking functions built into the bench. I will start with mine.

My bench is simplicity at it’s most simple. The wood portion of the bench is where I do my dry assembly, some sanding and some chisel work. I have a vise sitting at the right corner if I need a third hand. The left side of the bench is a piece of granite I incorporated into the bench for my glueups and sharpening. None of my projects are very large and the bench can easily handle all materials.

With the addition of shelves at the rear of the bench I have at hand the majority of the handtools I most frequently use.

I would really like to see some other benches. I would really love to incorporate some great ideas I know you guys have into my bench. I’m always open to new (or old) fangled ways of working the wood.

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Andre

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 04:45 AM

Not a bad set at all, that granite would be great for flattening almost anything. I use self adhesive sand paper bought from auto supply stores for all my rough flattening, cast tablesaw wing, jointer bed or if blade small enough one of them Lee Valley granite blocks. Working off a 20 + year old 20” by 48” bench I bought for $100.00 so most work assembled on table saw or folding table! Have almost all my wood milled for the Bench build but too many other projects keep interfering!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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DKV

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 04:50 AM

Andre, pix, my man, pix please. This is the common man thread. Share with everyone. Thanks

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Andre

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 05:01 AM

Went through my Pic’s and Only one that meets your criteria would be this one! !

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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derrickparks57

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 12:28 PM

Here’s mine. The 4X4 feet are reclaimed from an old footboard with 2X4’s for the main frame construction. The top is a 36” solid core door. There is a 3 ft power strip mounted in the front apron. Plan to add more storage, eventually.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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Pezking7p

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 01:05 PM

I think you called me an elitist!

Benches looking great fellers. DKV I love all the real estate you have going for you and the HYOOOGE piece of granite.

-- -Dan

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MAKZ06

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#6 posted 06-27-2015 01:31 PM

I haven’t built one of the really nice showpiece workbenches like I drool over daily in the aforementioned thread yet. I’ll get around to it one of these days when I decide it’s time to spend the big bucks on lumber and have more experience to know exactly what I am looking for and need in a bench for the type work I do.
I’ve got several benches in the shop which serve the purpose for now. I’ve got a POS Harbor Freight style bench that tends to collect crap and get used for light work or assembly etc. Along opposite walls I have some really heavy long and narrow workbenches that I threw together one afternoon. I used the leftover ends of the Lam Beams I had used for my cabin build where the shop is located. Honestly it was the easiest way for me to get rid of the scrap… I’ve got some old Wilton high school wood shop vises mounted on one and the other has a metalworking vise and gear. My main woodworking bench was assembled from half the top of one of the surplus old style square workbenches found in the old high school shops. I had to re-glue and clamp the top which had come apart, then do some serious planing. It ended up a little over 3” thick and I put new banding all the way around which is slightly thicker. It now has a couple of the cheap WoodRiver vises mounted along with some poorly bored dog holes. The base is also recycled junk. It was a sturdy oak legged work table that was missing the top. My top fit it just about right so there it sits.


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DKV

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#7 posted 06-27-2015 03:44 PM

Derrick, very nice, functional workbench. My first workbench was a solid core door. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the dog holes expanded over time. This is a great common man bench.

Makz06, very nice common man benches. Tell us the story about the “cabin” you live in.

All Lumberjocks, let’s see those benches. How hard can it be to take a pic and upload it? Share your benches…

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DKV

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#8 posted 06-27-2015 06:57 PM

Alaskaguy and distrbd, join in. Show us your common man benches…

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MAKZ06

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#9 posted 06-27-2015 07:54 PM



Makz06, very nice common man benches. Tell us the story about the “cabin” you live in.
- DKV

Actually don’t live there. Currently just our weekend place. Wanted to build a big garage/workshop at our house but couldn’t get approval from the county… Decided to go ahead and build earlier than we had planned on 4 acres bordered by national forrest up in the N GA mountains. Cabin actually larger than I would have built but I wanted enough space in the basement for the garage/shop. Found a local outfit that does “panelized” construction that worked perfect for my needs. Would have liked to do myself from the ground up but with only weekends to work it would have taken too long to get dried in. I contracted to get the grading and foundation done and then they came in with flatbed truck and crane. Assembled the exterior shell in about 8 hours and then were gone. I finished the rest myself working every weekend and vacation day for over a year. I paid to have the metal roof installed and someone to do the HVAC. I did all the rest including interior walls, stairs, plumbing, electrical, insulation, tongue & groove, sheetrock, flooring, etc. Pics of the exterior going up and subsequent progress can be seen from the links above.

I would really love to have one of those beautiful fancy benches but I would think it would be sort of hard to work on too. I mean that first scratch or dent must really hurt…

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 06-27-2015 08:03 PM

My bench is more of catch all, do all table. Nothing fancy I use it for everything from storage to assembly to painting.

The main structure is a deep torsion box with a vice and some leg stuck into it and a large shelf below.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Stewbot

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#11 posted 06-27-2015 08:18 PM

What you are viewing my friends is a lightly seasoned (some might say soggy) 7’ door pulled from a trash pile at a previous jobsite. The massive peeling table top made from the finest and deadliest particle material available to man, is supported from the underside with two classic burro saw horses (one found on the side of the road). underneath the precisely bowed, drooping table top, is a top of the line storage system to store all your low quality tools that your dying to get rid of. But wait, there’s more! Mounted loosely on the top of the table is a three way (you heard me right, three way) electrical splitter for multiple tool plug ins. And under the table, a top of the line Ridgid dust collection system. This work bench we call ‘humble begginings’ is waiting for you at your local dump and will make for a horribly embarrassing eyesore in even the finest of wood shops, that you’d be happy to hide from your friends.

Thought you all might enjoy this. If your ever unhappy with your workbench, just pull up this photo and maby it’ll make you feel better. Unfortunately for me, this beauty is just temporary and mostly used as a spot for my lady to do her wood burning and dremel work and an assembly table for our garden boxes. A proper work bench and shop is in our future, as time and funds come our way. But these are what the begginings look like indeed.

-- Hoopty scoop?

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SirIrb

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#12 posted 06-27-2015 08:40 PM

In as much as I find some of your previous posts questionable (hey, full disclosure here) I have to give you props for this one. I do have solid maple tops on metal legs/base. How did I get solid maple tops…paw in laws friend of a friend. They got quite wet during katrina. Started separating. I broke all the joints with wedges, reglued, and spent hours planing them. I am not opposed to throwing steel something or other up on them and them getting all rusty. A working man will work any project on a working man’s work bench. You really don’t want pics of them.

Solid topic here.

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DKV

3940 posts in 1967 days


#13 posted 06-27-2015 08:53 PM

Alaskaguy, now that’s a common man’s workbench. I can tell it has seen a lot of projects.

Stewbot, you’ve got all the makings for a good workbench. It’s kind of an intro bench to the common man’s workbench. You’ve got the right idea…

Sirlrb, now that you told me I don’t want to see pics, guess what? I want to see pics. Please share with us other common folks.

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SirIrb

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#14 posted 06-27-2015 09:01 PM

Mine ain’t neat or clean. The common man works as the common man wants. The common man’s Aztec Princess keeps the house neat and clean but isn’t allowed in the shop. Please, oh God, please don’t tell her I said that. Have you ever had a full blooded Latina pissed at you? Holy gringo. Sometimes I am scared to go to sleep at night.

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DKV

3940 posts in 1967 days


#15 posted 06-28-2015 12:12 AM

Sirlrb, that is a very good common bench. Makes me feel good that I’m not the only one that doesn’t have a perfect bench.

I would like to see at least one jock a day show pics of their bench. Lots of good ideas can come out of this thread. You don’t need the elite benches to get work done…

dstrbd and burleybob, show us your benches.

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